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Our Trustees

The New Zealand Companion Animal Health Foundation (CAFH) is administered by a small volunteer board of trustees.


Prof Boyd Jones ONZM, BVSc, FACVSc, DECVIM

Boyd JonesBoyd graduated from Massey University and after working in mixed practice taught at the University of Melbourne until 1975. He returned to Massey University where he became Associate Professor and the Head of the Small Animal Clinic and Hospital. In 1997 Boyd accepted the Chair in Small Animal Clinical Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland. He was Dean of the Faculty at University College Dublin from 2002-2007.

Boyd is a Fellow of the Australian College and Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and a European Specialist in Small Animal Medicine. Today he is an Emeritus professor of companion animal medicine at both Massey University and University College Dublin, Ireland. He has participated worldwide in veterinary continuing education programmes and post-graduate education and research. He is a member of editorial boards of a number of veterinary journals, including the NZVJ and acts as a specialist referee.

His research interests are in small animal internal medicine publishing over 180 refereed papers in aspects of canine and feline medicine.


Catherine Watson BVSc

Catherine WatsonI was born and bred a North Islander in Ohope, but with shifting loyalties from the Bay of Pleanty, to the Manawatu, and even in a stint in Auckland, mine are wandering feet. Back in Palmerston North at Massey I had a great time, came out with a BVSc (dist) in 1999, a strong interest in multisport racing, as well as a classmate in tow.

Intentending to become a dairy practitioner primarily, my plans changed rapidly as my first job went belly-up and we headed as far south as we could for a fresh start in Invercargill. Staying for two years in a truly mixed practice, I then hopped off overseas for a 'working holiday' for three years. Travelling through the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and North Africa, as well as fitting in some locums along the way was a great experience.

Back in New Zealand, I have settled back in Invercargill, married, and gradually made the transition to a solely small animal practitioner with a particular interest in imaging. I became a Director in Waikiwi Vets, a seven vet mixed practice, around the same time I joined the Companion Animal Society committee in late 2008 and am enjoying the challenges both roles bring, and being able to give something back to the profession I really enjoy.

Outside of work I also have an interest in multisport, trail running, tramping, rogaining, ski-touring, mountain biking, baking, a good book...anything is worth a try!


Prof John Munday BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVP

My first veterinary job was in Whangarei, but an interest in research lured me back to Massey after a couple of years of clinical practice. After completing a PhD looking at the role of alcohol and antioxidants in the prevention of heart disease in people (good and useless respectively), I decided that understanding how diseases develop was the thing that interested me most. To learn more I completed a two-year pathology residency at Michigan State University. After passing my board examinations to become a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, I obtained a position as a diagnostic pathologist at the University of Georgia where I spent many a happy hour looking at skin diseases and tumours from companion animals.

After four years in Georgia I decided it was time to return home and I have been in the pathology department at Massey University for the last ten years. During that time I continued my interest in tumors of companion animals and my main research interest is investigating causes of cancer in animals and trying to more accurately predict cancer behaviour. I also enjoy the teaching component of my job and think having a member of the CAS executive on the staff at the Veterinary School will be beneficial both to increase the visibility of CAS to the students, but also to determine how best CAV will be able to meet the needs of our future graduates.

Coming back to New Zealand was the best decision of my life as here I met my wonderful partner with whom I now have two young children. In my free time I enjoy mountain biking and taking our dog on long walks.


Laura Harvey

I became part of the veterinary nursing industry in 2008, having graduated from Unitec with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. My veterinary nursing career has been a varied one. I started off working in a couple of small animal practices in Auckland before heading off on a 12 month OE to the UK, working in a variety of practices around England, including four months at the RSPCA before returning to New Zealand to manage a veterinary clinic in Auckland (a role I thoroughly enjoyed).
In 2013, my career focus changed when the opportunity to follow a dream and start teaching veterinary nursing came along. I am currently a lecturer in Applied Animal Health at Unitec Institute of Technology, one of the primary veterinary nursing education providers in New Zealand.

Teaching has become a passion, and now after having completed my BSc and PG Cert in Veterinary Education, I am working toward my MSc, along with starting in the exciting field of research around the veterinary nursing profession, and the role of the veterinary nurse in modern practice.
I am also a member of the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association executive committee, and the South Pacific Animal Welfare board.

Outside of work, I spend most of my spare time either in dance class or at dance competitions. I thorough enjoy Ceroc dancing, and although not my forte, it helps keep me fit, and meet lots of interesting people.


Leanne Fecser

Leanne is the Head of Continuing Education for the New Zealand Veterinary Association, and has had a long career in supporting veterinarians to remain up to date with their knowledge.